Best of Boston

2011 Best Central Square Restaurant, Casual

River Gods

Besides a damn fine burger and a tasty barbecue chicken sandwich, this quintessential hangout has extensive vegetarian options—pizzettas, Asian-slaw hand rolls—that will tempt even the more carnivorously inclined among us. Factor in the solid beer list, rotating cast of DJs, and downright funky (and ever-shifting) décor, and there’s no place more central to Central.

125 River St., Cambridge, 617-576-1881,